The OP Stat of the Game: Trevor Booker 10-14FG, the rest of the team, 8-34
Gentleman, countrymen, Clemson fans, that is not how you win basketball games.
And while the Tigers gave the ball to Booker inside, no one else beyond an obviously not-at-full-speed Stitt stepped up to help. Even if you didn't watch the game, if you look at the box score, there are a lot of 0's by a lot of people.
Yes, Duke's defense returned, but for all that Duke did positively on defensive, Clemson did anemically on offense. OP said, "We weren't really playing that well (off Booker). We just took tough shots all night long."
I would like to change the quote, delete off Booker and change "tough" to bad.
I don't know if the team just could live up to the hype. I don't know if they were so excited for the marquee gameday setting or what.
But now it is time to move ahead. The Tigers are in a tough position. They are 3-3 in the ACC.
Good News, no more Duke. Bad News, ten more games. And though Clemson should be better than the rest of the teams they face, they are now soldiering on without Stitt- at least for Tuesday's match up at BC.
The ACC has been difficult to judge this year. Maybe it is parity; maybe it the lack of a clear and defined upper tier team or teams. Nonetheless, it is wide open. Clemson can go a long way by taking care of business and winning the games they are supposed to win and stealing a few more. As we reach the half-way point, holding homecourt will be critical.
Tomorrow begins a stretch of games that involves an away game at BC, home vs. Maryland, away vs. VT before a string of three home games against FSU, Miami, and UVA, respectively.
If Clemson doesn't stop this short skid, it could get out of hand. Let's hope that doesn't happen.
And in case you didn't see this, it might have been one of the better things to come out of the gameday situation.